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Joe Marks
Anne Kuffler
Director and Owner of Ariana Gallery
in Royal Oak
Les Slesnick
Artist & Art Fair Advocate
Joe Marks
Hot Works Fine Art & Craft Shows primary focus is quality of visual arts represented at our events. In order to achieve a high quality fine art & fine craft show, the Hot Works team continuously travels around the nation and Canada visiting some of the best art shows to recruit artists for Hot Works events. In addition, each year, more than 15,000 artist applications are mailed. Artists apply to one or more events of their choice and, along with their application, must submit 3 images of their most compelling work, and one of their booth presentation.nCategories include sculpture, paintings, clay, glass, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography, mixed media, and more. Following the application deadline,na group of art professionals gather together to review the work of the hundreds of artists who apply. Jury members include Anne Kuffler, Director and Owner of Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak; Joseph T. Marks Curator of Collections and Exhibitions of The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at The University of Michigan – Dearborn; and Les Slesnick, a retired exhibiting photography from the art show circuit of more than 30 years, and currently is an Art Advocate and juries, judges, and consults close to two dozen art fairs and competitions around the country. the artists work. The Artist The Jury was asked to judge each Artist based on quality of work, technique/execution of design, originality and booth presentation. In order to keep the quality from year-to-year, each show is juried separately by art professionals to help meet Hot Works high standards.
In addition to the pre-show jurying process, there is a judging process that takes place on site. Each Hot Works event gives artist awards, sponsored by our non-profit affiliate, Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc. Judges attend the event and spend a minimum of 6-8 additional hours reviewing the artists on site. Again, for on site judging, selection is based on technique/execution, originality, quality and booth presentation. Prizes are awarded in all of our events and each artist is represented with an award-winning ribbon to hang in their booth on Sunday, plus given either a cash or purchase award. The manner of participating artists is taken seriously. By pre-qualifying each one of the artists who come to this event, we hope to help the general public with making their art work purchase decisions in knowing that they are purchasing quality work.
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